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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


News and events

ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.

ANROWS is deeply saddened by the act of extreme violence that took place in Christchurch last week, during Friday Prayers.

ANROWS offers its sincere condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of those whose lives were tragically taken.

“We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return”.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ (“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’uun”)

These words are commonly used to express condolences when members of the Muslim community have passed away and were shared with us by our colleagues at the Empowering Community Network, which is a project partner of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence.

We stand in solidarity with Muslim communities in New Zealand, Australia and around the world, and join others in calling for respect, inclusion and understanding.

Understanding the intersections: Domestic and family violence, housing insecurity and homelessness

Domestic and family violence is the main reason women and children leave their homes in Australia and is consistently one of the most common reasons clients seek assistance from Specialist Homelessness Services.

ANROWS has developed a research synthesis examining the intersection of domestic and family violence (DFV), housing insecurity and homelessness, including recommendations for policy and practice.

The paper highlights that women forced to leave their homes due to DFV can have trouble securing accommodation, long-term, and that women leaving DFV may experience housing stress, even if they stay in their own homes.

The paper also considers how many women rely on their personal networks for housing after leaving a violent relationship and sometimes return to violent partners due to housing insecurity.

Find more research syntheses and other occasional papers, on a range of topics, on the ANROWS website.

NSW Sentencing Council

ANROWS makes a preliminary submission to the NSW Sentencing Council

ANROWS has made a preliminary submission to the NSW Sentencing Council’s review of sentencing for murder and manslaughter. The review will consider the penalties imposed for domestic and family violence (DFV) homicides. The Council called for preliminary submissions to help frame the issues that should be addressed in consultations.

Women perpetrators of domestic homicide are almost always the primary victims of domestic violence in their relationships, as highlighted through the Australian Domestic Violence Death Review Network’s 2018 report. ANROW’s preliminary submission to the review highlighted that gendered dynamics of DFV homicide perpetration should be considered in sentencing.

Read the ANROWS submission, and other submissions, online.

New sector resources


For a broad range of research and resources, including grey literature, see the ANROWS Library. See some recently-added research and resources, below.

Brown, R., & Shelling, J. (2019). Exploring the implications of child sex dolls (Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice, 570). Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology.

Easteal, P., Prest, A. & Thornton, F. (2019). When the mother-child tie in parenting orders is outweighed by other factors: A snapshot in time. Australian Journal of Family Law 32(3), 221-48.

Hall, S., Fildes, J., Perdriau, A., & Plummer, J. (2019). Gender gaps: Findings from the youth survey 2018.  Sydney, NSW: Mission Australia.

Our Watch. (2019). How to report on violence against women and their children (2019 Victorian ed.). Melbourne, VIC: Our Watch.

Reid-Boyd, E., Grobbelaar, M., Gringart, E., Bender, A., & Williams, R. (2019). Introducing “Intimate civility”: Towards a new concept for 21st-Century relationships. M/C Journal, 22(1).

Richards, K. (in press). Sympathy for the devil? Child sexual abuse, public opinion and the cycle-of-abuse theory. In K. Gleeson & C. Lumby (Eds.), Age of Consent: Young people, sexual abuse and agency (pp. 87-101). Crawley, WA: UWA Publishing.

Walker, H., Easteal, P., Ballard, A., & Blake, K. (2019). Lost in translation: Gaps between law and practice in customer-perpetrated sexual harassment. Alternative Law Journal. DOI:10.1177/1037969X18803211



Morris, F.S. (2019). Women, why are you weeping? Examining the Churches response to domestic violence. Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press.

Zimmerman, S., Ryan, L., & Duriesmith, D. (2018). Recognizing the violent extremist ideology of “Incels” (WIIS policy brief, September 2018). Washington, DC: Women in International Security.


In the media

Read some recent news and analysis relating to violence against women.

How can we make families safer? Get men to change their violent behaviour
Kelsey Hegarty, Mohajer A. Hameed and Simone Tassone | The Conversation | 15 March

Why Sally Challen’s appeal is not a win for women victims of coercive control
Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Sandra Walklate | The Conversation | 13 March

New app tracks family violence with diary entries, photos and video
Miki Perkins | The Age | 13 March

What gets measured does (not necessarily) get managed
Kristine Ziwica | Women’s Agenda | 12 March

Acting on gender-based violence must be a priority for the next federal government
Bianca Fileborn | The Conversation | 7 March

Making Every Woman Count
Dr Kristen Diemer and Dr Cathy Vaughan | Pursuit | 7 March


No More Harm National Conference
25-26 March 2019 | Gold Coast

2019 Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference
27-29 March 2019 | Brisbane

Assessing Risk and Promoting Safety: Using the National Risk Assessment Principles forum
28 March 2019 | Darwin

Sharing and Strengthening Our Practice Conference
10 May 2019 | Darwin

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
15-16 May 2019 | Mackay

Child Aware Conference
16-17 May 2019 | Brisbane

Get involved in research

Preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units

Researchers from RMIT are looking for interview participants for an ANROWS-funded study about preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units.

Register your interest or find out more here.


Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence

The ANROWS-funded MuSeS project, on the role of Multicultural and Settlement Services Supporting women experiencing violence, is conducting a national anonymous survey of settlement and multicultural service providers.

Complete the 15-minute survey online before 31 March.


Self-represented parties in Australian Family Law proceedings

People who have represented themselves, or whose partner has represented themselves, in family law proceedings, where their case involved domestic violence, are sought to participate in an interview to support an ANROWS research project.

To register or find out more, contact the project team via selfreps@uts.edu.au.


The relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women

ANROWS is funding a CQUniversity study into the relationship between gambling and domestic violence against women. The researchers are seeking participation from women who have experienced violence and men who have used violence, and are impacted by problem gambling.

To find out more, please contact CQUniversity via the project website, or email: cqustudy@cqu.edu.au.

Inquiries & submissions

Western Australian domestic and family violence strategy consultation | Closes 29 March 2019

The Western Australian Department of Communities has commenced statewide consultation to inform the development of a strategy to reduce family and domestic violence over the next 10 years.

For further information and to have your say, go to the Western Australian Government website.


Court and tribunal information: access, disclosure and publication | Closes 31 May 2019

The NSW Law Reform Commission is reviewing the operation of suppression and non-publication orders and access to information in NSW courts and tribunals.

They are inviting preliminary submissions to help them frame the issues that we should address in consultations.

To make a preliminary submission, visit their website.

find out more

Contact ANROWS

PO Box Q389, Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Email: enquiries@anrows.org.au

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